American White House leader, Donald Trump, has stated that he is taking a malaria drug to reduce symptoms should he contract COVID-19.
However, health experts have stated that there is no evidence that the drug has any effect in fighting the virus, which the world has only witnessed at the beginning of this year.
Trump said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, and a zinc supplement daily “for about a week and a half now.”
The president spent a number of weeks pushing the drug as a potential cure for the novel coronavirus, despite several of his administration’s top medical professionals urging caution. The drug has the potential to cause significant side-effects in some patients.
However, despite the warnings, the president told reporters: “I started taking it, because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories. ”
Meanwhile, Trump continued his attack on the World Health Organization (WHO), saying he would make a decision on financing soon, having previously said he would withdraw from funding the UN’s health body.
Asked why he had not addressed a virtual meeting of the WHO’s annual assembly earlier in the day, he replied: “I chose not to make a statement today. I’ll be giving them a statement, sometime in the near future, but … I think they’ve done a very sad job in the last period of time.”